The Nowhere building, stood at 4th and Van Buren Sts. in Charleston,
Illinois. Before use as a teen center/dance hall, it was a
place that sold feed and grain by Bob Ruple. He rented the
building to my mom and supported her throughout the duration of the
Nowhere years. The building was like a barn with no ceilings
and an attic space above the entrance area. We had to install
two nice bathrooms, a furnace, and a large vent fan on the south
end. Sadly, the furnace could not really warm the building up.
The crowds took care of that.
We built a stage at the south end and later would add some
insulation behind the band area to reduce noise. With the new
sound of Young Rascal's and the late 60's music, the volume was so
loud that the sound filtered outside easily. The amps got
bigger and bigger. A good P.A. system was necessary for a good
band. I built a row of stage spotlights of different colors
with switches for each color. It worked quite well. As
mentioned in another place, we had the best strobe light in the
attic space shining down on the crowd.
The old Nowhere Building hit the
dust, as the City of Charleston demolished it to make room
for a wider and better 4th Street. I can take credit for
painting of the old building. I chose white with a red foundation
and window trim. It looked good when I finished. I'm so glad that Dave wrote
a last story of the old building----A little exciting story of old
Charleston in the 1960's.
THE BEACH BOYS AND ME!
My Charleston buddies, my brother Red and I would think nothing of
going to Chicago to the Aerie Crown Theater in McCormick Place to
here our favorite band, The Beach Boys. We saw the earliest
concert with striped shirts, and evidently they traveled in a
station wagon. Ken Tylman would take over driving us around in his
dad's station wagon. We had a of fun camping out in a brand
new mobile home on Irving Blvd. My uncle's brother Dew
Charleston trusted us in our visits and use of his new trailers.
I called into WLS radio--the news department-- on a pay-phone and
requested "I Get Around." The night DJ played the song for the
Charleston boys visiting Chicago.
During this time period I purchased my first vehicle, a Ducati style
motor bike (125 cc engine). It was sharp, and I still miss it.
That's all for this page. Enjoy my Nowhere memory site.
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